January 5, 2013 7:00 a.m. MEADVILLE —
Cards send three to semis
The Cardinals had four wrestlers in the semifinals of last year’s Tool City tournament — Robert Boozer, Matt Bryer, Austin Andrews and Cam Cyphert. Bryer graduated. But the remaining three are back in the round of four this season.
Cyphert, a defending Tool City champion, was to face Saegertown’s John Macken in the first round at 220 pounds. But the Panthers moved Macken to heavyweight, meaning Cyphert would have just one bout on Friday. He passed it with flying colors, earning a technical fall in 5:07 over Boiling Springs’ Calvin Barrick.
“We tried to get him to expand his offense a little bit, trying to get some takedowns.” Cochranton head coach John Svirbly said. “I just think he couldn’t get anything in tight enough on that kid. That kid was really flexible.”
Boozer scored a takedown in the first period during a 2-1 quarterfinal victory over Prep’s Teagan O’Sullivan. Meanwhile, Andrews trailed quarterfinal opponent Kyle Rogers of McDowell 4-1 after one frame before charging back to notch a pin in 5:04 .
“He gave up one takedown at the edge of the mat and gave up another takedown with a silly — I don’t even know what that was,” Svirbly said. “It was huge for him not to give up and to keep pushing the pace. He eventually got a takedown to tie it up and got that cradle real tight. It’s good to see him keep battling even after he gives up some points.”
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Meadville, Conneaut and Titusville each have one wrestler in the semifinals. For the Bulldogs, it’s senior Zach Luben, who gathered a 4-0 decision in the opening round and a fall in 4:13 in the quarterfinals at 138 pounds.
“I thought Zach wrestled a real good tournament so far,” Meadville head coach Barry Anderson said. “He had two real good matches that he pretty much dictated the tempo on his feet, on top and on bottom. He was battling in every position. In a tournament like this, you can’t give your opponent anything and you have to take points where they are.”
There was some pushing and shoving between Luben and Cochranton’s Brad Carlini, who is from Meadville, in the quarterfinals. It even brought the ire of some Meadville fans. But Luben persevered.
“It was an aggressive match,” Anderson said. “There was some pushing and that’s wrestling. But in the end, Zach kept his cool and ended up scoring where he needed to and won the match.”
Conneaut’s Taylor Ellis is in the semifinals after two pins (one in 1:41 and the other in 22 seconds) and will face Boozer in the semifinals. Ellis beat Boozer via a 7-2 decision last season.
“We’ve wrestled before,” Conneaut head coach Tom Courtney said about Ellis and Boozer. “That match could go either way. We just have to be ready to go. We beat him once last year, but that doesn’t mean a whole lot.”
Titusville’s Ehrin Lee recorded a technical fall in 4:14 in the first round and worked a 3-1 decision over a tough Ossie Bowers of General McLane in the quarterfinals in what could be a District 10 Class AAA championship preview at 160 pounds.
Tournament continues today
The final day of the Tool City tournament commences today at 8:30 a.m. with consolation matches. The championship semifinals will follow.
The parade of champions is schedule for 5 p.m., while the finals are set for 5:30.